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Ravines of Castrejón and Calaña, the Colorado Canyon of Toledo

 

Not far from the city of Toledo, in the municipalities of Albarreal de Tajo, Burujón and La Puebla de Montalbán, one of the most spectacular landscapes imaginable awaits us. The Ravines of Burujón owe part of their beauty to the unexpectedness of arriving at this natural spot and finding the spectacular clayey cliffs that the passage of time and erosion have formed on the banks of the Castrejón reservoir. The waters of the Tagus are an added attraction that make this route through the Ravines of Burujón even more spectacular.

 

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How to get to The Ravines of Burujón

 

To get to the Natural Monument of the Ravines of Burujón we have to follow the road that connects Toledo with Talavera de la Reina. Just 30 km from Toledo, just before reaching the crossroads with the road that leads to the village of Burujón, as long as you are arriving from Toledo, you will come across the dirt track that leads to the car parks from where you can visit this natural site. As soon as the dirt track starts, there is a first parking area. If the number of people allows it, we can drive along the track to the Cambrón or Enebros viewpoints, at the end of the so-called Path Ecological of the Ravines, where there are also parking areas.

 

 

 

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Itinerary of the route by the Ravines of Burujón

 

From the first parking lot to the Cambrón viewpoint 1.3 km


 

As we already know, depending on the number of people visiting this natural enclave, we may have to park our vehicle in the car park next to the road from which we arrive. We should know that although there is an official route or Path Ecological of the Ravines that links the different viewpoints that have been built on the edge of the Cárcavas de Burujón, as they are also known, we have different possible routes to follow depending on our tastes or where we park our vehicle. Starting at the first parking place (0h 00min), a dusty dirt track ascends to the Viewpoint of El Cambrón (0h 25min). Another possibility is to take a detour at the first crossroads you pass at the beginning of the route and follow the GR 113 Path Natural of Tajo signs to leave it and later join an unmarked path that runs along a large part of the Ravines.

 

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From Viewpoint of the Cambrón to the Viewpoint of the Junipers 1 Km


 

Once at the Viewpoint of El Cambrón the most beautiful part of the route through the Ravines of Burujón begins, which allows us to move smoothly from viewpoint to viewpoint, enjoying the spectacle that nature offers us, until we reach the Viewpoint of the Junipers (0h 40min). As we already know, this viewpoint can also be reached by car, and there are even those who make stops at each viewpoint along this short section of the route.

 

From the Viewpoint of El Cambrón, but in the opposite direction to the path that leads to the Viewpoint of the Junipers, there is a path that skirts this slope of the Cárcavas de Burujón.

 

An unmarked path that allows us to get to know this natural monument in even greater depth and which stretches for almost 3 km along the edge of the clayey cliffs. This is the way to the viewpoint for those adventurers who decided to take a detour and follow the dirt track along which the GR 113 runs.

 

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From the Viewpoint of the Junipers to the parking lot 2.7 Km


 

At the Viewpoint of the Junipers there is also a possible detour, a path that descends to the shore of the Castrejón reservoir. If we do this we will not only have to add the difference in height of almost 100 m downhill and another 100 m uphill, but also another kilometre more to the route. As it could not be otherwise from the viewpoint and depending on our starting point, we will also have several options to follow. The first is to retrace our steps back to the car park from where we started. The second, and if our starting point is the car park close to the road, is to follow the dirt track along which we arrived. This route takes us past the viewpoint we have just visited and leads us to the Alcubillete stream. Once there the route turns right and follows the course of the stream to the parking place (1h 30min), from where we start. This route can of course also be done by car, thus avoiding the vehicles that arrive at the Ravines.

Tips for visiting the Ravines of Burujón in Toledo

1-Both sunrise and sunset are the most spectacular times of the day, and autumn and spring also add a colourful touch of distinction to this natural site.

2-Be careful, although the official route has no complications, there are areas that are somewhat exposed to possible falls, even more so if you go off the route and walk along the unmarked path, for example.

3-At the Viewpoint of the Junipers there is a picnic area where you can take a break and enjoy this marvellous natural enclave.

4-There are no shady areas or places to get water, so it is important that you carry what you need to do the route.

 

 

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Waypoints of the route


1-Parking 0h 00min 470 m 0 km 30S 388720 4414748
2-Viewpoint of Cambrón 0h 25min 520 m 1,3 Km 30S 389547 4413968
3-Viewpoint of the Junipers 0h 40min 520 m 2,3 Km 30S 389237 4413331

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

 

Slope acumulate. 130 m  Slope positive. 65 m  Slope negative. 65 m

 

Maximum altitude. 525 m   Minimum altitude. 470 m

 

Profile of the route by the Ravines of Burujón

Profile of the route by the Ravines of Burujón

 

Cartography

Topographical map of the route by the Ravines of Burujon

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 628-4 1:25.000".

 

 

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